Lady Bruins, Falcons tops in county
The release of this week’s Sac-Joaquin Section boys and girls basketball power ratings was a mixed bag for area prep coaches.
The ratings, which combine league and schedule strength to determine playoff seeding, put in black and white just where teams stand.
The top 16 teams qualify for the playoffs, with the top eight guaranteed a first-round home game.
League champions, regardless of power rating finish, also host in the first round.
Bear River and Forest Lake Christian girls teams are at the top of western Nevada County’s class.
Bear River (21-3 overall, 10-0 Pioneer Valley League), which has been ranked as high as second in D-3, is currently third behind Sacramento’s Natomas and El Camino.
FLC (20-4, 11-0 Central Valley Christian League) is third among D-5 schools.
Three-time defending section champs Ripon Christian hold the top D-5 spot with Modesto Christian in second.
Bear River’s boys (14-8, 7-2 PVL), who were the 15th rated team as few as three weeks ago, have tallied big wins to move to the No. 10 spot.
ON THE BUBBLE
NU’s boys (9-15, 5-3 metro Conference) began the league season with four straight wins to hold the sixth spot, but have lost three of four to fall to 16th.
“We really put ourselves behind the eight ball, but if we win out we have a chance,” Miner head coach Jeff Dellis said.
NU’s girls (11-14, 4-5 Metro) battled back from the 17th spot with the help of a key win over D-3’s No. 3 team C.K. McClatchy (Sacramento) Feb. 6.
FLC’s boys (9-13, 5-6 CVCL), 24th-rated team in D-5, will have win their final three games and get some help to earn a spot in the postseason.
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